Feng Yi Ting
Directed by Atom Egoyan
As interpreted by Guo Wenjing, one of China’s most respected contemporary composers, and celebrated Canadian film and theatre director Atom Egoyan, Feng Yi Ting explores the epic tale of Diao Chan (soprano Shen Tiemei), one of the fabled Four Beauties of ancient China, whose seductive charms ignite an empire-threatening rivalry between a ruthless warlord and the brave general Lu Bu (countertenor Jiang Qihu). This gem-like opera, featuring set designs by Derek McLane and costumes by Han Feng, focuses on the pivotal moment when Diao and her lover meet in the Feng Yi Ting, or “Phoenix Pavilion,” where she urges him to eliminate his nemesis. Guo’s magical score blends Chinese and Western traditions, at once arrestingly modern and majestically ancient.
(Sung in Mandarin Chinese with English and Mandarin surtitles)
Ticketholders are invited to join director Atom Egoyan for a pre-performance talk about the creation of Feng Yi Ting each evening at 7:10 PM upstairs in the MacMillan Theatre.
Latecomers will not be seated.